Town Trustees

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In accordance with the recent Executive Orders signed by Governor Cuomo, only essential services are being provided by the Town of Southampton at this time. In order to meet the challenge, the Board of Trustees have enacted the following policy regarding permits and licenses:

The Board of Trustees strongly encourages the public to utilize the
e-permitting option on the Trustees’ website

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Trustees’ Office at (631) 287-5717 or via e-mail at:


Regular Meetings

Work Sessions

  1. Authorizing Opening of the Mecox Oyster Dredge Season to 6 Weeks - Commencing Season on March 15

    Trustees announce that the dredge season for the harvesting of oysters on Mecox Bay will open on March 15, 2023 and close on April 26, 2023 ADOPTED RESO TRUSTEES 2023-81
  2. Fresh Pond Dredging Announcement

    Please be advised, Suffolk County Public Works will be conducting dredging of Fresh Pond Channel in North Sea commencing Thursday September 1st 2022. Read on...

    The NYS DEC, Shellfisheries Section (Department) has determined that water quality in portions of Flanders Bay and Shelter Island Sound adjacent to the Town of Southampton has changed, requiring reclassification to protect public health. Read More...
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  1. Responsibilities
  2. The Dongan Patent

Established in 1686, the Trustees of the Freeholders and Commonalty of the Town of Southampton is the oldest continually elected board in North America. Their continuing charge is the stewardship of more than 25,000 acres of undivided, colonial-era lands consisting mostly of Southampton’s shores, water ways, marshes, and bottomlands.

The Trustees’ responsibilities in doing so includes:

  • Preserving public access to the water;
  • Upholding the traditions of a maritime community;
  • Advising the Town Board on coastal related issues;
  • Informing the public of the Facts of Coastal Issues and Policy;
  • Representing the best interest of the freeholders;
  • Maintaining and protecting surface water quality;
  • Regulating dock and bulkhead construction;
  • Promoting sustainable harvest of commercial shellfish and finfish;
  • Providing a safe marine environment;
  • Inspecting all structures built on bay bottom.